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Sun, 24 Mar

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Harare Buddhist Temple, 7A Ernie's Lane

Refuge Ceremony with Lama Rinchen Palmo

Taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha means I care for myself, I want to liberate myself, I want the best for myself, I love myself." Ringu Tulku

Refuge Ceremony with Lama Rinchen Palmo
Refuge Ceremony with Lama Rinchen Palmo

Time & Location

24 Mar,2024, 17:15 – 18:00 SAST

Harare Buddhist Temple, 7A Ernie's Lane, Monavale, Harare, Zimbabwe

About the event

What does it mean in Buddhist practice when you agree to “take refuge” in the Buddha? Does this mean I need to worship the Buddha? Or pray to the Buddha? Isn’t this setting up the Buddha as “other” or some kind of god?

Traditionally, there are three fundamental refuges are where we can find genuine safety and peace, a sanctuary for our awakening heart and mind, a place to rest our human vulnerability. In their shelter, we can face and awaken from the trance of fear.

The first of these is the Buddha, or our own awakened nature. The second is the dharma (the path or the way), and the third is the sangha (the community of aspirants).

In the formal practice of Taking Refuge, we recite three times: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the dharma, I take refuge in the sangha.” Yet, even though there is a formula, this is not an empty or mechanical ritual, but a practice meant to expand our understanding and intention.

If you would like to take Refuge with Lama Rinchen Palmo, get in touch with the HBC by email (hbczim@gmail.com).

If you are curious about the ceremony, feel free to come along, a short explanation will be given ahead of the actual ceremony. 

All are welcome!

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